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Will this help? 2001 FLSTS
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Woodyambison
Posted 6/6/2016 8:26 PM (#89395)
Subject: Will this help? 2001 FLSTS


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Hey Gang just found this http://vulcanworks.net/store/Harley-Springer-Softail-Rake-Kit.html
Will this be enough to lighten up the steering effort?
Thanks to all.
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trikebldr
Posted 6/6/2016 11:34 PM (#89396 - in reply to #89395)
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Nope! Just the opposite. With this kit you will be increasing the trail, also increasing steering effort!
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Al Olme
Posted 6/7/2016 8:56 AM (#89399 - in reply to #89395)
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Just another form over function accessory for HD. NOT at all desirable if you want your rig, or even your two wheeler to handle better.
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jaydmc
Posted 6/7/2016 10:13 AM (#89400 - in reply to #89395)
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You are not trying to change the "rake" at all. Many people mistakenly call changing the angle of the forks at the triple tree's "raking" the front end. We are not changing the rake to lower steering effort. The company offering this is changing the rake internal to the steering head of the frame. This does change rake but again, rake is not what you are looking to change, you want to change trail. So you want a triple tree that moves the front wheel forward by a couple of inches which while it looks like "rake" it is not.
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Woodyambison
Posted 6/7/2016 2:24 PM (#89402 - in reply to #89395)
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Thanks to everyone for your input. I am hot on the TRAIL now !
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trikebldr
Posted 6/7/2016 8:03 PM (#89407 - in reply to #89402)
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Woody,
I think what you are looking for to reduce the steering effort on your bike-sidecar rig, if it has a springer front end, is longer rockers that move the axle forward. That is basically what leading-link and leading-leg systems do. Moving the axle forward reduces trail, reducing steering effort. With longer rockers on a springer front end, though, you also effectively soften the spring rate, so stiffer springs would be required to retain the same support, or some kind of shim to bring the stock springs up to a higher force level.
I have talked to a couple of springer front end owners who also didn't like the added twist that longer rockers apply to their forks. They say it makes them feel kind mushy. Springer front ends were just never meant to sustain much side loading, like sidecars apply.
Sorry if this is bad news, but bit is reality!
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SwampFox
Posted 6/7/2016 9:11 PM (#89408 - in reply to #89395)
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Woody, here's a discussion re: changing trail on a Springer front-end: http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=9832&posts...


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